Sunday, October 31, 2021


58 twirls around the sun.  Orchard picnic with his fave pasta salad and Chocolate PB cupcakes. The cub made Honor Roll again and NHS! Ice cream on Sundays. A mayor dressed like a cowboy.  A wee little Ginseng.  Other misc things that induce joy... like sunsets, a text from my cousin and llamas in Times Square.

Loved ones in the orchard on my birthday.


Gifts from the cub and cake from my SIL that he hid.


Tool box garden from dear friend, Kathi.
Card from C.
I told the police officer that an actor dressed
like a cowboy told me I could park here. 
She said, "Oh, that's the mayor".



Smiling (Inge Morath 1957)

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Monday, October 11, 2021


Work, School, Study, Chores, Sunsets, Weekend Outings.

Life in Rural Va...

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

20 Years

This is very much me.

We dropped by Wildfest for Blue Ridge Wildlife Center and met a tiny screech owl named Dopey. He was rescued when he was tossed from the nest due to neurological issues. * It was outdoors, everyone was masked and distanced.

Dopey the Screech

During our long car ride to and fro, I told my cub what happened to me on 9/11. I have never told him the story. I discovered that my body shakes when I tell my story. I showed him these 2 photos.  I explained the ways in which it changed me.

Where I was.


The view from my building

He now understands why I spend this day doing things that I enjoy and why I savor sunsets, and moments of beauty. He also understood why loud noises rattle me, and I avoid flying, and why I say "safe journey, safe return" every time I see a low flying plane.

Later that evening we drove to our favorite place, Blandy Experimental Farm VA State Arboretum for the star gazing event. It was wonderful as usual...all their programs are. We saw Jupiter and 4 of it's moons. We saw Saturn. We saw Mizar and Alcor. We saw a high power glimpse of the moon.

Virginia is host to FOUR parks designated as International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) - Staunton River, James River, Natural Bridge and Sky Meadows.

As we stood there with the Milky Way directly above our heads, my son said, "Mom, my mind is completely blown." He then asked where I keep my telescope.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

The Best Excuse

 I drove straight to class from work.  When I arrived I sent him a text asking if he could mow the lawn for me so we could spend the weekend doing some things we enjoy.  This was his response. 

It reminded me of a great excuse by E.B. White.  I want to tuck some great excuses in my pocket for when I need them.  

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Saturday, September 04, 2021


 I haven't had a holiday weekend off in sooo long.  It feels amazing.  We went exploring and saw some para-gliders.  We ate our breakfast in a park.  We wandered a flea market and fell in love with a Chihuahua named Daisy who so so chill and loving and came over to us for luvins.

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